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Thread: Storing pantographs

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    Storing pantographs

    I'm looking for ideas on how to store pantographs? I looked through mission organization and didn't see any. What do you do??

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    Not very pretty, but I roll mine up and stick them into old six-pack cartons which sit on the floor beside the LA!

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    i use empty paper towel rolls & roll them up onto them- held with a rubber band- these are stacked in a (decorative) box they fit nicely in- i think my square box has 25 rolls standing in it-(5X5) you could probably find plastic (totes) that would hold many & stack
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    ​My $store has messenger tubes. I wonder if something like that or mailing tubes would work?

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    I use a clear vinyl purse hanger. They fit in perfectly and I can see the designs without having to get them out. You could also use an over the door clear vinyl shoe holder.

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    I'm dumb what is a pantograph?

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    I don't consider myself dumb, but...I would like to know too,

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    A pantograph is a long paper pattern that is printed with a quilting design that long arm quilters follow when doing edge to edge quilting motifs. You follow the lines with a laser light or stylus to duplicate the pattern on the quilt.

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    Office supply stores carry racks designed to hold rolled blueprints, maps, etc. You might check them for size. Also, the shoe racks that hang on closet rods may work.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    I use 1 1/2" PVC pipe that is cut to fit the depth of my shelves and they sit one next to the other with the panto rolled up inside. I then label each with a number and have a notebook with a sample of each with that number.

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    I have mine in a mesh over the door shoe rack, some of them are too long so I cut the bottom out of some and let the tall ones slide into the one below.

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    I use a pretty metal wine rack.

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    I also use paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes for the wider ones. I roll most of them and store inside the tube and write the name or draw a small pic on the outside. I store them in magazine holders, since I got rid of most of my magazines.

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    When I bought my laq it came with a wooden plate that had like a sampler of 4 or 5 different quilting designs on it . someone told me you could get somebody with a router and make any design for LAQ to use ith a stylus instead of with the laser lite.
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    Many years ago, when a fashion fabric store was going out of business, I bought several pattern file cabinets for $25 ea. One is now dedicated to my LA with thread in 1 drawer, pantos in 2 drawers, tools in 1 drawer and templates in another.
    The pantos are displayed in a binder with sections for the types: general, jeuvenile, floral, leafs, holidays.... On the divider page there is a very small picture of design of each panto in that section. In the section there is a full size on standard size paper to show the density and on the back a picture at about 50% to show the design. This page also includes the name of the design and other important information. They are each rolled and have a rubberband (although I do like the paper towel tube idea to protect the pattern-it's a big $investment), with the name on the outside. The file drawer is divided into sections corresponding to the binder. The customer can easily flip through the binder.

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    Another idea is to make make out of clear vinyle just like a shoe keeper. I have seen them made for storing interfacings too. Each pocket can be labled with what it holds and it can be hung right by your machine. The idea is here on the QB somewhere.
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    I have 4-5" pegs on the side of a thread cabinet that holds my panto's. I also cut a 8x11piece & put it in plastic sleeve in a notebook so it would be easy for people to choose & to see all the choices. I also separated them with labels. That way I don't have to unroll them to show different ones.
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    Thanks for all the great ideas

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    Wine bottle holder works great. I roll them with design on outside and slide them into the opening.

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    I bought a map box (the one that held the rolled up maps in tubes) from the Borders shop that went out of business near my house. It is great. It holds my pantos and my rulers near my Innova.

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    I found a bathroom plastic cabinet at a garage sale with a very tall dwr at the bottom which works good; they stand on end in rolls; the upper dwr I use for thread. It is about 12 inches wide but 3 foot tall so it fits under my LA at the end easily.

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